Manufacturing engineering is a discipline of engineering dealing with different manufacturing practices and includes the research, design and development of systems, processes, machines, tools and equipment. The manufacturing engineer's primary focus is to turn raw materials into a new or updated product in the most economic, efficient and effective way possible. Manufacturing engineers have a high level of technical expertise and skill, which they use to plan, design, set up, modify, optimize and monitor manufacturing processes. Since the basic principles of manufacturing engineering apply to all industries, and also because of the current political scenario in India and Mr. Modi’s vision, work can be found in numerous sectors such as Aerospace, Automotive, Chemical, Computer, Electronics, Food processing, Garment, Pharmaceutical, Pulp and paper industry etc. as a Materials Engineer, Drafting professional, Operations Manager, Process Engineer etc.
“Who is a Manufacturing Engineer anyway?” said my uncle, when I told him in my vacations after the first year when my Dual Degree finally got defined as Physics and Manufacturing. Having completed my third year of college and after being a tad bit clearer about this question myself, I hope this article answers this question for you in a much comprehensive and stutter free manner as compared to my attempt to answer my Uncle’s question.
I am not your model student, my grades are below average, my college is good but my branch is almost always unheard of. Yes, of course how people perceive your branch matters but it is not a deal breaker. In my case because of my college and how I use my free time here, (I was part of Inspired Karters, ATV racing college team) my CV was pretty decent. Also, I was not always this interested in Automobiles, solid modelling/drafting, management etc but trying out a lot of new stuff helped me find out that this could be pretty interesting.
The dots might not be perfect but they connected perfectly when I look back.